Fresh fenugreek leaves are very healthy and we include atleast once a week in our diet. Simple stir fry and seasoning with fresh coconut takes this humble greens to new level. It goes well with any South Indian style sambar, rasam , kuzhambu or curd rice. Patel bros always have fresh fenugreek leaves in big bunches on sale and it has been a routine for me to pick up at least a couple every few week. Though the bunches look big , when cooked they reduce or wilt quite a bit and yield just about a small cup of poriyal. The tender stalks are also edible and they go into the poriyal too, try to pick a bunch which looks fresh, bright green in color with tender stalks. I can guarantee that everyone will like this as the addition of sugar will balance the bitterness and will have a subtle effect on the dish.
|1 Big bunch||Fresh fenugreek leaves (about 3 cups packed tightly)|
|1 medium size||Onion (chopped) or 6 sambar or pearl onions|
|3 cloves||Garlic (crushed)|
|2 Tablespoon||Fresh grated coconut (or use dry desiccated coconut flakes ))|
|2 pinch||Turmeric powder|
|1 long||Dry red chili|
|¼ teaspoon||Mustard seeds|
|1/4 teaspoon||Split black gram / Ullundu|
|¼ teaspoon||Cumin seeds|
|¼ teaspoon||Asafoetida powder|
|4 leaves||Curry leaves|
|½ teaspoon||Salt (or to taste)|
Tender stalks of fenugreek are very much edible, so try to use them in the preparation. Cut off the hard stalks along with the roots and discard. Wash them thoroughly in cold water and rinse for a couple of times. Chop them finely and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan splutter mustard, split black gram, cumin seeds, dry red chili and curry leaves. Add the chopped onions and garlic, fry for a minute over medium flame.
- Sugar is mainly added to keep the leaf green even after wilting and to minimize the bitter flavor.
- Grated coconut is optional and is added to reduce the bitterness.
- You can also use almond flour for garnish instead of coconut.
- Garnishes like roasted crushed peanuts or coarsely crushed Dalia can also be used instead of coconut to make it more healthy.
- Serves 3 to 4 (approx), each bunch with 30 fenugreek stalks.